Training Your Internal Auditors

Manufacturing companies who are certified in any of the quality standards, know the importance of having a trained internal auditor. Several of the quality standards have been revised over the last couple of years, including ISO 9001, IATF 16949 (previously…

Lean Together™ 1.0 Sessions Scheduled

Lean Together™ 1.0 sessions are scheduled to begin. This working group for operational excellence is designed for manufacturing companies to study and implement concepts from the book, 2 Second Lean, by Paul Akers. The agenda provides a structured approach with…

Developing a Technology Strategy

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC As a follow-up to my column last month pertaining to the question “How do you embrace technology?”, I’d like to continue with the advanced manufacturing technology (AMT) discussion. After you determine that your company is…

Kata in the Classroom (or on the shop floor)

Ashleigh Walters, President of Onex, Inc. and Vice-Chair of NWIRC’s Board, recently spoke at RB Wiley Charter School and Iroquois Elementary School for their Career Days. She taught the students the Improvement Kata four step scientific pattern of thinking and…

Penelec Provides Scam Alert

Penelec is warning of a scam currently going on in the northwestern PA region. Penelec business customers are the target for this fraudulent activity and are being told they need to pay a certain amount of money or their electric…

Congressman Thompson Visits Franklin Industries

Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson visited Franklin Industries in Venango County recently for a tour and to learn some of the exciting accomplishments of this regional manufacturer. Franklin Industries is a rail rerolling mill- which means they reroll used rails from…